Lessons From Cristina Yang

Blog Post #5

So, what can we learn from Grey’s Anatomy’s Cristina Yang about being the main character? I understand, she’s not the MAIN character of the show, that would be Meredith Grey, however, I believe Cristina Yang has a lot to teach us about living your life as you wish and being the main character of your life.

First, I think Cristina teaches us that we shouldn’t compromise on the things that mean the most to us. Cristina never wanted children, she was focused on being a surgeon and saving people, but her partners didn’t respect that. As a woman, her choice not to be a mother wasn’t respected, but she didn’t budge, she even let her partner, Owen, go because she could see how badly he wanted children, while her biggest love was surgery.  I think we can all learn from Cristina’s strength in her beliefs and willingness to listen to her heart and not compromise on such a big issue.

Second, I think because Cristina is a logical person above all, many people might find her cold, but I think it speaks to her intelligence and strength. When a shooter enters the hospital and leaves a trail of carnage, culminating in the shooting of Derek, Meredith’s husband, Cristina keeps it together and performs surgery on Derek, removing the bullet and saving his life. When Cristina and a group of other Doctors get in a plane crash, she keeps a cool head and helps everyone, even while her shoulder is dislocated. Above all, I really think that Cristina challenges the gender norms that say women are responsible for emotional work above all, and that women need to be caregivers and mothers. Cristina shows us that women can do anything they set their minds to.

Finally, Cristina understands her own boundaries and creates new ones when needed. Eventually, Cristina decides the devastation she has faced time and time again at Seattle Grace hospital (the hospital the characters work at in Grey’s Anatomy) is too much, and she decides to move away and work at another hospital. Cristina knows herself very well, and she’s not afraid to create those boundaries when needed. Cristina is able to put herself first, and I think that something we can all learn from.

Right before Cristina leaves, she tells Meredith “Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun, you are.” In reference to Meredith’s husband Derek, and how Meredith needs to be her own person first and foremost and be the main character of her own story.

I think, again, this is a message I strongly believe in and want you, my reader, to consider. They’re not the sun, you are. We all need to treat ourselves with more kindness and care and work to take what we want and live the life that we dream of. So, I think there’s a lot to be learned from Cristina Yang, and I hope by now you agree.

P.S. I’ll leave you here with this “Best of Cristina Yang” YouTube Video. Hope you enjoy!

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